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Gardeners Arms, Higham, Rochester

2 Forge Lane, Higham, Rochester, Kent, ME3 7AS

The Gardeners Arms is a thriving pub & restaurant with two letting bedrooms in the village of Higham, near Rochester, Kent.




Key features

  • Community led village pub & restaurant 
  • Only pub in the village directly opposite the local amenities
  • In great order throughout
  • Main bar area, snug and restaurant for approx. 30 covers 
  • Two double ensuite guest letting bedrooms
  • Great outdoor patio area/garden
  • Customer car parking (shared with local library)



The Gardeners Arms is a thriving pub & restaurant with two letting bedrooms in the village of Higham, near Rochester, Kent.

Located just minutes away from the beautiful Knowle Country House, the Gardeners Arms boasts a prominent corner spot directly opposite the local amenities and shops in Higham. As the only pub in the village, it is a real focal point in the area and a regular drop in spot for the local community.

There is always something going on at the Gardeners Arms to keep the locals returning. Every Sunday afternoon the pub hosts live music, the monthly quiz night with food is always a sell-out, there is a free Jukebox Tuesday night every week with the addition of an open mic night once a month and the pub is proud to host lots of local  village parties and charity events. Traditional home cooked food is available every day using locally sourced ingredients. The Pizzas, Mediterranean & Ploughman's boards are a hit, OAP lunches are well attended on a Wednesday and the pub currently opens at 10am for Breakfast on a  Friday and Saturday. 

You will find the Gardeners Arms in great order throughout. It houses a relaxed trade drinking and dining space, a restaurant dining area for approx.30 covers, a snug for a further 20 covers and a small but well equipped trade kitchen. Upstairs there are two en-suite letting bedrooms.

Outside and to the back of the property there is a paved garden with a covered patio area and the private customer car parking is shared with the local library.

The Gardeners Arms has the local community at the very heart of the business and at the centre of everything that it does, so we are looking for applicants will that immerse themselves into village life in Higham. For more information or to arrange a formal viewing please contact the Pub Business Recruitment Manager now on 01795 542132. 


Large open plan bar with relaxed drinking area, private restaurant area for approx.30 covers, snug for approx. 20 covers. Small well equipped trade kitchen and there is a large walk-in fridge in the cellar


Well kept trade patio garden to the rear of the property with a large covered seating area, BBQ area and seating with tables. Private car parking is shared with the local library behind the pub


Two double en-suite letting bedrooms on the first floor


1 double bedroom, lounge, kitchenette and bathroom

Capital Requirements

Estimated capital requirements

Trading deposit£5000
Contract deposit
refundable on day of charge
Repair scheme
+ monthly payments £50
Stock, glassware, cutlery, crockery, etc
Estimated subject to independent valuation by trade broker and stock taker
Working capital£2500
Training deposit
£750 refundable on completion of training
Total estimated ingoings£28000

Minimal capital considered

Minimum capital considered
Based on: Trading deposit + stock, glassware, cutlery,
crockery, etc, working capital + training deposits + misc
Please note: Where only minimal capital is available inventory will be rentalised.

Rent and charges


Year 1Year 2Year 3
Per anum£tba£tba£tba
Per week£tba£tba£tba

Council tax

Band B

Trading information


Year ending 30 June

2018 2019 2019 2019 2020 2021
All beer and cider
113 124 43 124 115 122
231 326 117 327 214 291

Premium packaged spirits (eg WKD)
14.5 3 10 3 20 7
Traditional Spirits
33 54 19 54 113 86
Ready to drink litres
2601 3422 1273 3422 3309 3178

Estimated food turnover

£1500 per week approximately 

Shepherd Neame has no access to the tenant's food turnover figures. Please note this figure is estimated as accurately as possible at time of publishing.

Licence information

Hours authorised by the premises licence

Supply of alcohol, background music and provision of late night refreshment.

Sunday - Wednesday - 10:00 - 00:00
Thursday - Saturday - 10:00 - 01:00

Open to the public

Sunday - Wednesday - 10:00 - 00:30
Thursday - Saturday - 10:00 - 01:30

Live music

Monday - Sunday - 10:00 - 23:00

Agreement Overview

  • This pub is being offered on a traditional rolling tenancy agreement that is subject to a five year rent review
  • This agreement is covered by the ‘Landlord & Tenant Act’
  • This is a fully tied agreement across all beer, cider, wine, PPS, spirits and minerals
  • Any deviation from the standard terms outlined above should be discussed at interview stage with your designated Business Development Manager
  • Please note that we require all licensees to pass the Pre-Entry Awareness Training Course (PEAT) a minimum of five days before you can attend a formal shortlist interview with us